“There is a privacy about winter
which no other season gives you…
In the spring, summer and fall,
people sort of have open season
on each other: only in the winter,
in the country, can you have longer
quiet stretches, when you can savor
belonging to yourself.” 

-- Ruth Stout



“I prefer winter and fall,
when you feel the bone structure
of the landscape
-the loneliness of it,
the dead feeling of winter.
Something waits beneath it.
The whole story doesn’t show. 

-- Andrew Wyeth






“The seeds arrived in February,
a whole farm in a box.
Of all the mysteries I’d encountered
on the farm, this seemed the most
profound.  I could not imagine how
several tons of food could come out of a box
so small and light that I could balance it
on one hand….I spent evenings pouring
over the seed catalogues that had
arrived during the darkest week of  winter,
piling up next to the bed, like farmer porn.”

-- Kristin Kimball, The Dirty Life








“Winter is the time for comfort,
for good food and warmth,
for the touch of a friendly hand
and for a talk beside the fire:
it is time for home.” 

-- Edith Sitwell